Activity Plan 5-6: The Story of Us
In this activity, memory books help bring closure
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2
Ready-To-Use Teaching Ideas: Literacy
- 9''x12'' quality drawing paper
- Creative thinking
- Fine motor
Reminiscing about the school year will help children realize all the hard work they have done and the personal growth that has taken place. Inform them that they will make a memory book to share with the incoming class. This is a great book to read at the beginning of the year to the new class, as well as to remind the outgoing class of the year's events. Children can also share the book with the new incoming students when they visit the classroom in early May or June.
Brainstorm a list of all of the children's favorite activities and experiences from the last school year. List each memory on a large sheet of chart paper. Explain to them that they are going to create a book to show the incoming preschool or kindergarten class what they can expect to do and learn.
Invite each child to choose an activity or experience that they enjoyed and write about it for the incoming class. Suggest children write about the experience, or ask a parent or teacher to print their dictations. When their book page is complete, invite each child to share it with the class.
Compile all of the pages and staple them between construction paper covers. Ask children to help title and decorate the front cover.
Invite children to take the book home and read it with their families. This will give parents an opportunity to share in the closure of the end of the year.
Remember: Some children need extra support when making transitions. It's a good idea to have big end-of-the-year celebrations early. This allows you to keep the final few weeks of your routine and schedule somewhat the same. Young children rely on the structure they've experienced all year.
CURRICULUM CONNECTION: SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
When children leave a familiar routine and move on to unknown situations, they can feel sad and scared at the same time. Invite the teachers your children will have next year into your classroom. Arrange a brief "hello," or for a teacher to come in during read-aloud and share a picture book of their choice. Make introductions a big part of this time. Allow each child to share something about himself and ask the new teacher questions. She can also share information about herself and her classroom.
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